Mission Preservation Foundation Board Members

Mechelle Lawrence Adams, Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mechelle Lawrence Adams (far right) and family; Joe Adams, Lisa Lawrence, Jack Adams, (eldest son Dylan not pictured due to college schedule)

Mechelle is a Native Californian, graduate from Huntington Beach High School, California State University Fullerton (BS, Political Science) and University of Redlands (M.A., Management).

She is the recipient of such awards as National Preservation Award, National Association of Interpretation Media Award, and Arts Orange County's Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy award, San Juan Capistranos Mayor's Business of the Year and Orange County's Top Work Place Award. She is the member of many professional and local organizations and speaks professionally to groups interested in developing strategic planning results affecting real, meaningful, and measureable change.

Mechelle is the proud mother to three and resides locally with husband and colleague, Joe Adams, President of the Discovery Cube Foundation. They strive to lead to ensure that children locally and from all over the world, along with their families get to experience the best of Orange County’s landmark and museum settings in ways that are both meaningful and accessible to all. Mechelle strives to respect both the religious and historic significance of Mission San Juan Capistrano by ensuring stewardship through careful preservation efforts that allow for it to be a place of inspiration, education, preservation and celebration.

“I love my job. It is a special lifestyle for me to work protecting this incredible landmark, building a stellar team, refining our means and methods of ensuring preservation stays at the forefront, working to make sure that the integrity of the site is safeguarded while creating vibrant cultural celebrations. Every day is a treasure at the Mission. I am fortunate to have a job where I not only get to make a meaningful difference but I also get to experience a meaningful difference in my life as well.”

Present Boards and Commissions:
City of San Juan Capistrano, Cultural Heritage Commission Member
City of San Juan Capistrano, Laissez Faire Business Sub-Committee
Founder, San Juan Capistrano Heritage Tourism Association (2014)
San Juan Equestrian Coalition
2015 Discovery Cube Gala Co-Chairperson

Past Board Member:
San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
San Juan Capistrano Historical Society Board Member

The Mission Preservation Foundation Board includes:

George O'Connell
O’Connell Landscape Maintenance

William Cvengros
National Retirement Partners, Inc.

Wylie A. Aitken, Esq.
Aitken • Aitken • Cohn

Bruce Brainerd
General Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Vicky Carabini
Monex Precious Metals

Don Dorkowski
Dondee Company LLC

Reverend Monsignor Arthur A. Holquin
Pastor and Rector Emeritus
Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

Reverend Monsignor J. Michael McKiernan
Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

Paul Mikos

Anthony R. Moiso
President and Chief Executive Officer
Rancho Mission Viejo

Connie Spenuzza
Libros Publishing

Madeline Swinden
Founding Chair, Mission Benefit Gala

EJ Tracy
Tracy Industries

Mechelle Lawrence-Adams
Executive Director
Mission San Juan Capistrano